The Weekly Open Thread Can't Find a Dang Parking Space!

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Parking availability seems to be a hot topic on Bites this week. On a post about Five Points Pizza's plans to expand and open a late-night slice window, the comment thread was dominated by complaints about parking, and then complaints about the people who complained about parking. And the topic popped up again on this post about the Nashville Farmers' Market. And we've heard rumors about kerfuffles over parking at the Walden development in East Nashville, home to Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Ugly Mugs, Silly Goose, The Wild Cow and Two Ten Jack. And that is one hellacious parking lot to navigate.

One thing's certain: Nashville is a rapidly growing metropolis, and parking isn't nearly as plentiful as it used to be. And many lots are now charging for parking in areas where that didn't used to be the case.

Still, compared to other major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, things aren't that bad here. And in the case of Five Points Pizza, sometimes I have to park a block or two away on Woodland Street or 11th, but is that too far to walk? Not for me. Of course, if you have a disability, or the weather is terrible, those are other circumstances that can affect your feelings on the matter.

So where do you stand? Do you mind if you have to park a block or two away from a restaurant? Will that prevent you from eating there? Do you object to paying for parking? If there's valet service, do you use it?

And what else is on your mind?

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